California state senator Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) makes a good point: If we already know that First Lady Melania Trump worked in this country illegally when she first arrived here from Slovenia in 1996, how do we even know what her exact citizenship status is? "No one in the Trump operation has released any of the documentation to indicate what was the circumstance [of Mrs. Trump's immigration], or whether she had full legal status,’’ Skinner tells Politico California. “We only know they had a lawyer look at whatever papers she chose to give."
Skinner further points out that President Trump announced back in August that his wife would be giving a press conference to set to rest any questions about her own immigration status, but that actually never happened. Melania did, however, make a formal statement on Twitter, because that's how the Trump's settle things for the public record. In the statement, she said that she "had been at all times in full compliance with the immigration laws of this country," and she stated that she became a US citizen in July 2006, 18 months after marrying Trump.
The Associated Press proved that this was partly a lie, however, with a November investigative report stating that "Melania Trump was paid for 10 modeling jobs in the United States worth $20,056 that occurred in the seven weeks [in 1996] before she had legal permission to work in the country, according to detailed accounting ledgers, contracts and related documents" that were provided to the AP.
Politico spoke to immigration attorney David Leopold, a former president of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, who calls Skinner's request for Melania's file "fair game," saying that if the AP story is based in fact, that is certifiable fraud. Also, given Trump's harsh stand on immigration both from Mexico and from Muslim-majority nations, with much rhetoric focused on saving American jobs for Americans, we should be able to know for certain if Trump's own wife was or was not once an undocumented alien working illegally in the US.
Meanwhile, predictably, Republicans have come out swinging at Skinner's request, with Alameda County GOP chair Sue Caro calling it "a crap grandstanding posture" and Republican National Committee member and SF attorney Harmeet Dhillon saying it's "a cheap trolling tactic" and "really beneath the dignity of these California legislators."
Pretty sure the Dems had better get their cheap trolling game on point in the coming months, if they know what's good for them.